Use Your Words: Designing One-time Pairing Codes to Improve User Experience

Wiseman, Sarah; Soto Mino, Gustavo; Cox, Anna L.; Gould, Sandy J. J.; Moore, Joanne and Needham, Chris. 2016. Use Your Words: Designing One-time Pairing Codes to Improve User Experience. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing, [Article]


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The Internet of Things is connecting an ever-increasing number
of devices. These devices often require access to personal
information, but their meagre user interfaces usually do not
permit traditional modes of authentication. On such devices,
one-time pairing codes are often used instead. This pairing
process can involve transcribing randomly generated alphanumeric
codes, which can be frustrating, slow and error-prone.
In this paper, we present an improved pairing method that uses
sets of English words instead of random strings. The word
method, although longer in terms of character length, allows
users to pair devices more quickly, whilst still maintaining the
complexity necessary for secure interactions.

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22 Mar 2016 09:56

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